20th Jul, 2019

Sara's Ball raises £8,000 for Bromsgrove's Primrose Hospice

Bromsgrove Editorial 13th Jun, 2019

A GLAMOROUS charity ball for a ‘brave, beautiful, determined and inspirational’ Bromsgrove mum-of-two who lost her battle with breast cancer, has raised £8,000 for the for the charity which ‘mentally saved her’, writes Charlotte Tomlinson.

Sara’s Ball, in memory of Sara Meddings, took place at Birmingham’s Burlington Hotel in September and was a huge success, raising awareness of the Primrose Hospice’s services as well as the cash.

Sara was at the ball but passed away a few weeks later, on October 30, at the age of just 42.

Sara’s mum Trish said although her daughter was going through a terrible time, the Primrose helped with everything – from the little things to the big things.

“But primarily she had absolutely fantastic support from her pain management doctor who would go to see her at home if she needed it.”

Sara, who worked for Mondelez International for 21 years, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 and had to undergo six rounds of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and have a number of lymph nodes removed before being given the all clear in early 2016.

But Sara was diagnosed with secondary cancer at the end of 2016 and displayed her typically determined attitude after being told she had 12 months left of her life.

She said to her doctor: “I think we can do better than that.”

This brave cancer patient did what she aimed to, and organised various fund-raisers, eventually collecting more than £20,000 for multiple different charities, including the Primrose Hospice.

Despite being very ill Sara made it to her ball and brought guests to tears and into laughter with her moving and powerful speech.

The Primrose’s CEO David Burrell said although he only knew Sara for a short time, he would be forever immensely grateful for all she achieved for the hospice.

“It was a privilege for me to be at Sara’s Ball to see how her vision of helping Primrose to continue to support other people was realised.”

Visit primrosehospice.org or follow the charity on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

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